Federation Planners Meet
ADRIAN, MI -- Thirty-four representatives of the
Federation of Dominican Sisters USA met March 16-18 at Weber Center,
Adrian MI to set goals for 2007-2011. The following goals
and objectives were affirmed.
GOAL 1: TO
CLAIM AND PROMOTE OUR PREACHING CHARISM
A. Be aware of and cooperate
with the efforts of the Dominican Call to Justice, the Promoters
of Preaching, and the Dominican International Commission on Preaching.
our contemplation (study, prayer) and conversation around our identity
of the Word.
GOAL 2: TO
NURTURE AND CELEBRATE RELATIONSHIPS WITHIN THE DOMINICAN
A. Seek new and creative ways
to communicate and collaborate.
B. Support inter-congregational
gatherings and encourage the continuance of and participation
in Federation Chapters, Convocations, and Study Days.
Action steps for the objectives were discussed and agreed upon. The
Representatives delegated the Coordinating Committee (Michaela
Connolly, Margaret Mary Kennedy, Mary Virginia Leach, Carolyn Wolfbauer,
and Francine Schwarzenberger) to compose the final draft. The
goals, objectives, and action steps will be presented for affirmation
at the Convocation in Chicago, April 24-27, 2008.
Michaela Connolly reminded us that “We focused on Federation
for Life because when it came into being, the Federation was seen
as something that would change and evolve in response to new needs
and changes in Dominican life in the US. We see it as something
that can serve as a container to hold the dreams of all the different
entities, movements and evolutions taking place in US women’s
congregations at this time in our history.”
The Federation will continue to support and connect members at
the grass roots level, and be a vehicle for communication, especially
on behalf of justice.